I didn’t watch the match. But from what I read, Belgian Justine Herin was the obvious crowd favorite at the Australian Open finals held earlier today at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. But despite the audience’s best hope, Serena Williams put an end to Justine Henin’s hope of winning a Grand Slam title on her return from retirement. Ms. Williams won her fifth Australian Open title and twelfth Grand Slam singles championship overall.
Back in May 2008, Ms. Henin announced her immediate retirement from professional tennis. At the time, she was ranked the number one tennis player in the world. It was suspected and later confirmed that she was having personal issues and would later divorce her husband of six years. And then in September 2009, Ms. Henin announced that she would return to the world of tennis after a twenty month break. Unranked and unseeded Ms. Herin made it to the finals. Not quite a Cinderella story but still somewhat impressive. She split with Ms. Williams 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
But after the loss, after the dust settled from their match and Ms. Williams won, it was Ms. Henin that got top billing in this USA Today article pulled off their website. To glance at the article one would think that Ms. Henin won the match. She must’ve come out on top since she’s pictured on top. It doesn’t take much imagination to wonder why the article was arranged the way it was. Subtle programming will make Ms. Williams appear a little less impressive, Ms. Henin will appear a little more.